Source: New York Rangers Taking Calls on Ryan Callahan

Jan 4, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers forward Ryan Callahan (24) before the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Olympic trade freeze doesn’t go into effect until February 7, and up until the very moment the clock strikes midnight, General Managers across the league will be making and fielding trade calls to try and improve their respective teams. One of those teams currently taking a lot of phone calls is the New York Rangers and GM Glen Sather.

According to a source close to the situation, Ryan Callahan, the U.S.A Olympian and the captain of the Rangers could be calling a new city home for the remainder of the season. The reason? The team doesn’t feel he will be worth the salary — currently making $4.825-million with a cap hit of $4.275-million — he will likely demand as an unrestricted free agent over the summer, and Sather is hopeful that he will be able to get a decent return if he can trade him before the March 5 trade deadline.

The source made it clear that this by no means means that the Rangers are actively shopping their captain, but they have made other GMs aware that he could be available for the right offer. What that right offer is exactly only Sather knows. If he can’t get the offer he wants, Sather will still make a pre-draft contract offer to his captain before attempting to deal is rights in Philadelphia come June.

More to come….

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Michael Straw is a freelance sports journalist based in Buffalo, NY who has covered the Buffalo Sabres for four years. His work has been featured on WGR-550AM-Buffalo and Yahoo’s Puck Daddy blog. You can follow Michael for the latest NHL news and rumors on Twitter @TheMikeStraw

Topics: National Hockey League, New York Rangers, NHL, Rumor, Ryan Callahan, Trade

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  • [email protected]

    If that genius Greg is still on Disqus here the guy who likes Del Zotto over Stu Bickel and came up with ridiculous arguments for DZ,, point in FACT: Bickel was a plus or even in 14 of the 16 games he played in last year plus providing MUCH needed toughness and protection for Ranger players. DZ is a MINUS 4 this year! Proof offered case closed!!!

    • Pivot

      Look around the NHL at how many of the Leagues top players are -4 or worse. Look at how many of the NYR are minus players this season. Most of them. More proof?

      • [email protected]

        Pivot look around the league and see how many are plus! No more proof needed! They should send down DZ ASAP and bring up Bickel a solid Dman before another Ranger concussion is sure to occur with no retribution

  • [email protected]

    As for Callahan you and Torts ruined hi m having him block so many shots last year! He is still a Captain and high energy guy and Slats YOU SUCK at making trades so he needs to stay and hopefully he can get over the shot blocking injuries and return to his former self!

    • Pivot

      Where do you get your facts from? Sather sucks at making trades. Were you born yesterday? What about McDonagh for Gomez? How about Kristo? The Gaborik trade has to look pretty smart now. 3 players for a guy that’s been hurt all this year and was going to be dealt anyway. Gabby had 5-6 goals before getting injured for a second time. He sucks. I think you’re about 12. Callahan did most of the things he did last year before Torts was hired. Torts just brought him into a leadership role. Lead by example. That’s no ones fault but Callahan himself. He isn’t ruined by any means. He’s still got 3-4 good years left in his prime. Maybe 5!

      • [email protected]

        Pivot are you an idiot! Have you been watching the Rangers over the years or is this your first year as a fan! Gabby was hurt because of the style he was used by Torts genius! And no one said Callahan was bad learn how to read before you embarrass yourself with dumb comments! He was on the cusp of being a premier scorer until Torts turned him and others into a defense first shot blocking priority player over offense! Sather is one of the worst GMs in the league! How many times did they miss the playoffs under him? How many star scorers have been drafted by other teams who has he drafted that has torn up the league genius? As for bad trades if he thought there was any chance Torts would not be back how do you trade one of the best scorers in the league for 3 average at best players! Sather has full use of Dolan’s money that the league lets him spend on players and aside from the last 2 years the team has mostly under achieved under him! I am not alone in this opinion as most of the fans at the viewing parties agree with my viewpoint I think you do not know much about hockey do you!!

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